Monday, September 16, 2019
I couldn’t decide which Spurgeon quote to share with you today, so I am giving you the added benefit of TWO different exhortations from the “Prince of Preachers”. The first one deals with the hardships – and rewards – of the Christian life. I hope it blesses your heart and encourages your soul.
“The worse the people are among whom you live, the more they need your exertions; if they are crooked, all the more need for you to set them straight; and if they are perverse, they need you to turn their proud hearts to the truth. Where should the doctor spend his time if not among the sick? Where is honor to be won by the soldier but in the center of the battle? And when you are weary of the strife and sin that meets you on every hand, consider that all the saints have endured the same trial. They were not carried on couches to heaven, and you should not expect to travel more easily than they. They had to risk their lives on the battlefield, and you will not be crowned until you also have endured hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Therefore, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong!”
The second Spurgeon quote deals with the necessity and effectiveness of prevailing prayer…
“Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to the mountain and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy. Prevailing prayer lifts the Christian and shows him his inheritance and transfigures him into the likeness of his Lord. If you would reach to something higher than ordinary groveling experience, look to the Rock that is higher than you, and gaze with the eye of faith through the window of consistent prayer. When you open the window on your side, it will not be bolted on the other.”
Do you wish to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ? Then do not shrink from the heat of combat and refuse to abandon the field of battle until the victory, by God’s grace and power, has been won. Likewise, do you want to live above the “spiritual norm”, settling for nothing less than God’s very best for your life? If so, the key that unlocks that treasure trove of blessings is prevailing prayer.
May God bless and empower you as you try your best to apply Spurgeon’s twin teachings.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let Him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’” Matthew 16:24-25 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President